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(LifeSiteNews) — It’s debatable whether or not Republicans will learn the right lessons from Glenn Youngkin’s victory in Virginia. History rarely shows that the GOP does what the people who voted them into office truly want.

When Donald Trump used his nationalist, America First message to win the White House over globalist puppet Hillary Clinton, Congressional Republicans followed up by passing a tax reform bill. They deservedly got pummeled in the 2018 midterms.

There are ample other examples to point to as well, but the point is that Youngkin’s victory should remind the GOP that culture war issues are winnable issues worth running on, and that boilerplate talking points about “big government” don’t convince independent voters the way they once did — if ever.

One thing Youngkin had going for him was that he had the distinct advantage of running at a time when the left got too greedy. Years of critical race theory and gender issues blew up in their face this year in Virginia. Parental rights, education, and LGBT issues converged into one, in other words, and Virginians resoundingly said no to the progressive agenda.

In response, leftists on MSNBC and elsewhere are doubling down, claiming that “the delta variant of Trumpism” is spreading like wildfire instead of self-reflecting on their Communistic approach and scaling it back a bit. Pretty foolish if you ask me.

Hispanic voters supported Youngkin, as did suburban voters that Trump (allegedly) lost in 2020. All this suggests that the 2022 midterms and beyond are looking great for Republicans, but only if they run on the right issues: parental rights, school choice, critical race theory, COVID mandates, and LGBT in schools.

These are issues that families, both working men and women, and stay-at-home moms, care about. I’m crossing my fingers Republicans will learn their lesson this time around and do what the people elect them to, but if past is prologue that’s unfortunately not a sure thing.

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Stephen Kokx is a journalist for LifeSiteNews. A former community college instructor, Stephen has written and spoken extensively about Catholic social teaching, politics, and spirituality. He previously worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago under the late Francis Cardinal George. His essays have appeared in a variety of outlets, including Catholic Family News and He is the author of St. Alphonsus for the 21st Century: A Handbook for Holiness.